Travel book: Ultimate Surfing Adventures

By Greg Ansley

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Ultimate Surfing Adventures: 100 Extraordinary Adventures in the Waves
by Alf Alderson
John Wiley & Sons Ltd, $47.99

'Ultimate surfing adventures: 100 Extraordinary Adventures in the Waves' by Alf Alderson.
'Ultimate surfing adventures: 100 Extraordinary Adventures in the Waves' by Alf Alderson.

Okay, now it's getting really silly. A group of Californian surfers have discovered a new - albeit temporary - wave: off an iceberg in the Antarctic.

The wave is listed in a new guide to adventure surfing the globe, an occupation that has grown infinitely in scale and imagination since Bruce Brown gave us the Endless Summer in the 1960s.

Ultimate Surfing Adventures is an adrenalin-filled volume packed with outrageous, remote and sometimes downright dangerous surfing locations, ranging from the bizarre (Christina Lake in British Columbia and Munich's River Eisbach) to the Falkland Islands.

The book takes in the famous as well as the obscure, covering North, Central and South America, Indonesia and Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Ocean islands, Europe, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and more.

Each break is accompanied by a guide listing degree of difficulty, hazards, breaking season, water temperature and surfing requirements.

Even if you never get past your local beach, it's a great read.

- NZ Herald

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